Denesh Ramdin has been named West Indies Test captain. He replaces Darren Sammy, who will remain the T20 skipper. Ramdin's first assignment will be the home series against New Zealand starting June 8.
According to a report in the Trinidad Guardian, Ramdin received a call from chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board selection panel Clyde Butts who asked him whether or not he was interested in leading in Test cricket. Ramdin indicated that he was willing to take on the challenge.
Sammy, who was appointed captain in 2010, was relieved of his one-day duties in 2013 and was replaced by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Sammy, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, continued to lead the Test and Twenty20 sides but disastrous results on the Test tours of India and New Zealand last year raised doubts over his leadership abilities and his individual failure as an all-rounder has also not helped his case.
Meanwhile former West Indies manager Omar Khan threw his support behind Ramdin saying that he will make a good captain.
"Denesh is a very good tactician and a student of the game. This to me is a plus in any leader. He also has great team building capacity and this sure to work for him at this time. "Ramdin has been around for quite a while in regional cricket, he has played with the current group all his career and has enjoyed good relations with them, so I think he will be good as captain," said Khan.